Presently my bedtime reading is “Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days” – it’s a collection of interviews between the founders of some of the Web’s best known start-ups, and the author Jessica Livingston. Here is a quote from Steve Wozniak on the early days of Apple:
“All the best things I did at Apple came from (a) not having money, (b) not having done it before ever. Every single thing that we came out with was really great, I’d never once done that thing in my life.”
What can you take away from this?
a) Focus on the resources you have, not the ones you don’t.
b) Designers don’t need to have done things before, they just need a vision for where they are heading.
Stories like Apple’s are an endless source of inspiration; it never ceases to amaze me how far a company can go if you just take the first steps – no matter how insignificant they may seem at the time.
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